Indie music has grown to include so many things. It’s not just music that comes out on independent labels, but speaks to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its own quirky heart. This can take the form of rock, pop or folk music. In a way, that says as much about the people who are drawn to it as it is about the people who make it.
Every week, Uproxx rounds up the best new indie music from the past seven days. This week we received new music from Death Cab For Cutie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Broken Bells, Alvvays, and more.
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Death Cab For Cutie – “Foxglove Through the Clearcut”
Prolific West Coast indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie continue to release their next album, asphalt meadows. Their latest track “Foxglove Through The Clearcut” leans into the experimental for Death Cab, opening with vocalist Ben Gibbard delivering a spoken poem about movement and the unknown over a cascade of instruments.
Yeah Yeah Yeah – “Burning”
Death Cab wasn’t the only early band to release new music this week. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with “Burning”, the second single from their upcoming album cool it down. The song is slow, cinematic, and relatively sparse except for fuzzy electric guitar and urgent violins. According to singer Karen 0, the song was inspired by a house fire she experienced as a teenager which thankfully left most of its sentimental effects intact. “If the world is on fire, I hope that the most loved will remain protected and that we will do everything we can to protect what we cherish most in this life,” she said.
Alvvays – “Easy on your own?”
Canadian rockers Alvvays are preparing their next album, blue rev, sharing the new track “Easy On Your Own?” to celebrate. The soaring, breezy melody hints at what appears to be a solid project by the band. It reflects lead singer Molly Rankin’s life choices, opening with a sentence about dropping out of college as she continues to wonder if life will be more carefree in the future.
Broken Bells – “Saturdays”
It’s been a while since the last album from Broken Bells, the acclaimed project between James Mercer of the Shins and Brian Burton of Danger Mouse, but that changed this week when the duo unveiled the catchy number “Saturdays”. Drawing inspiration from ’60s psychedelia, “Saturdays” features washed-out guitars, swirling synths and groovy riffs to tease the newly announced band. In the blue.
The Big Pink – “Rage”
Exactly 10 years after The Big Pink’s last album release, the band are finally gearing up for their next project. Blending nostalgia and hypnotic chords, The Big Pink shares “Rage,” a song about struggling with love, life, and the state of the world. “It’s really a ‘f*ck you!’ track,” lead singer Robbie Furze said of the track.
The Challenge – “Girls”
After making music as Turtlenecked, Brooklyn-based musician Harrison Patrick Smith introduces his new project The Dare with the catchy single “Girls.” The electrifying track channels catchy 90s British pop and is an ode to all kinds of cool girls everywhere; girls who smoke fags in the club, girls who hate cops, and all other girls in general.
Quinn Christopherson — “Celine”
Amid opening for Julien Baker, Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen on their joint tour, Quinn Christopherson shares vibrant new track “Celine.” A heartwarming and positive anthem, “Celine” was inspired by a compliment her mother received during her karaoke set.
Disq – “If Only”
Disq, Wisconsin-based art rockers, recently launched their Desperately imagining a quiet place album rollout with playful lead single “Cujo Kiddies”. Now they’re back and taking things in a more soulful direction with “If Only,” a song inspired by late ’90s indie rock and a cinematic number meant to rock you.
Blackstarkids – “Sex Appeal”
After tasting stardom with their 2020 album and 2021 follow-up, prolific trio Blackstarkids are back with ‘Sex Appeal’. The fun song deftly combines hints of nostalgia and futurism, paying homage to stars like Neptunes, Timbaland and Missy Elliott while infusing modern confidence over a mix of synth-pop and trip-hop.
NNAMDÏ — “Anti”
NNAMDÏ invites us to Sit down, please, sit back and enjoy his new song “Anti,” which deftly follows the playful and edgy line. The song features a funk-infused beat and atmospheric beats juxtaposed with soothing, cascading piano keys. Throughout the song, NNAMDÏ comes face to face with her past and speaks to the anguish that manifests itself in monotony.